COUGHLIN NAMED TO PLYMOUTH BOARD

COUGHLIN NAMED TO PLYMOUTH BOARD
COUGHLIN NAMED TO PLYMOUTH BOARD

SEPTEMBER 2011 VOICE: The Plymouth Board of Selectmen has appointed Gerald (Jerry) Coughlin to be their designee on the Plymouth Retirement Board.

Coughlin, treasurer of our Association, had a distinguished career with the Mass. Turnpike Authority where he served as administrator of the Turnpike Retirement Board for many years. After retiring in 1996, he was elected to the Board where he served with fellow elected Board member, the late Frank “Bingo” Hoey.

When the Turnpike was transferred to the State Dept. of Transportation two years ago, its Retirement Board was abolished and Jerry, along with other retirees, became members of the State Retirement System.

For many years, the late John Murphy had been the Selectmen’s appointee on the Plymouth Board. After John’s death 18 months ago, former Selectman Dave Malaguti held the seat until recently when he stepped down.

Aware of Coughlin’s background, Plymouth Board members Tom Kelley*, Lynne Barrett, Dick Manfredi and Shawn Duhamel encouraged him to put his name before the selectmen for a Board appointment.

“It was a tailor-made decision on behalf of the Selectmen,” said Board Chairman Tom Kelley. “In voting to appoint Jerry, a Plymouth resident, they (Selectmen) couldn’t have a more qualified person. He’s worked in public retirement, both as a pension administrator and voting Board member, for the past 35 years.”

Debra Sullivan, director of the Plymouth Board also welcomed Coughlin as a new Board member. “There’s no learning curve with Jerry, and it’s certainly helpful that he understands my responsibilities as an administrator,” she said.

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